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Welcome to Melbourne

Tour begins at 6:30 PM at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. A transfer is included upon arrival from Melbourne International Airport to the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, located at the prestigious ‘Paris end’ of Collins...


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Melbourne City Sights

Explore Melbourne this morning on a city tour that showcases Fitzroy Gardens, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the Victorian Parliament House. Visit the Shrine of Remembrance before enjoying the remainder of the day as you choose.


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Fly to Cairns and meet the crocs

Welcome aboard Tauck’s private charter flight as we wing our way to Cairns. First stop is a wildlife park for a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon and a barbecue lunch. Crocodiles are an integral part of the waterscapes here; meet them on...


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A great day at the Great Barrier Reef

Step outside on the dock of your hotel and board our waiting boat for a cruise to one of the world’s true natural wonders. Home to more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef teems with marine life; it is estimated...


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The rainforest canopy and a flight to Sydney

Experience World Heritage Rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, including time at two mid-stations for views of Barron Falls and other inspiring sights. Touch down for a flight to Sydney aboard Tauck’s private charter. Spend the next two...


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A g’day in Sydney

Begin the day with a tour of city sights, including an insider visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House and a delightful cruise around Sydney Harbour. Spend the rest of your time here at leisure.


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Fly to Queenstown and take a jet boat ride

An early morning flight speeds you across the Tasman Sea to Queenstown for an overnight stay. Sightseeing treats today include a ride on the Skyline gondola and a jet boat* adventure. Dine à la carte tonight at your resort on Lake Wakatipu....


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Head to Milford Sound & embark L'Austral

Your Tauck New Zealand cruise begins in Milford Sound, where the glacier-hewn scenery will take your breath away. En route to L'Austral, stop for lunch at Te Anau in the Fiordlands resort area. Embark your ship this afternoon and enjoy the...


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Sailing in Dusky Sound

A full day at sea onboard your yacht is a delightful way to spend your first day cruising the waters of New Zealand, bound for Dunedin. In addition to the welcoming amenities of your ship, our exclusive lecturer will be sharing expert insights and...


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An adventurous day in Dunedin

New Zealand’s oldest city, Dunedin, on the South Island, is home to a fascinating mix of natural and historic sights. Home to rare yellow-eyed penguins, fur seals and the world’s only mainland albatross colony, Dunedin boasts a rich legacy...


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Treasured finds in Akaroa

In Maori, “akaroa” means “long harbor” and that’s what comes to mind as you first step ashore today to discover the sights of this French-inspired South Island town. Guided sightseeing includes visits to the pretty village...


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A taste of Marlborough wine country

Rise early today to enjoy the quiet beauty of the inlets and narrow passages of Queen Charlotte Sound – one of the four Marlborough Sounds – as L'Austral cruises to Picton for a day ashore in the Marlborough wine region. A wine...


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Discovering wonderful Wellington

New Zealanders call Wellington the capital of cool; as the seat of the country’s government, it’s all that and more. Your shore tour of Wellington includes a visit to Mt. Victoria Peak, and a cable car ride to the Botanic Garden to see...


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Napier, a little city reborn

Rebuilt in the then-popular Art Deco style and expanded after suffering through New Zealand's worst earthquake in 1931, Napier has been called “the prettiest little city in New Zealand.” Guided sightseeing includes a ride on the Hawke’s...


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Coastal cruising in New Zealand

Spend the entire day enjoying seafaring pleasures aboard ship as L'Austral steams toward the thermal landscapes of New Zealand's North Island.


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Tauranga and Rotorua, “thermal” New Zealand

Sun, sea and surf rule in Tauranga, the perfect port of call for a day filled with outdoor discoveries on the North Island of New Zealand. Come ashore for a drive to nearby Rotorua for a visit to the Whakarewarewa Reserve where the landscapes bubble...


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Disembark ship in Auckland

Disembark L'Austral in Auckland. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city, including the waterfront neighborhood of Westhaven, and a private tour of Auckland Museum to see its collection of Maori and Polynesian art and artifacts. Lunch and dinner...


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Waiheke Island tours and tastings

Ride the ferry to Waiheke Island for a tour of an olive estate, a wine tasting and vineyard lunch; enjoy some time at leisure. Join us this evening for our farewell dinner that marks the end of a fabulous journey.


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Journey home

Tour ends: Auckland. Fly home anytime. Your New Zealand cruise adventure ends today with an included transfer to the Auckland Airport from the Hilton Auckland. Allow a minimum of three hours for your flight check-in.


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